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Bridging The Gap Between NewBo and Czech Village

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) The 2008 Floods damaged the building that the Lion Bridge Brewing Company is aiming to move into pretty bad. Since then, it hasnt been used for much, until now. The Brewing Company is renovating the space and they say they hope to bring the New Bohemia District and Czech Village just a little closer together.

"They are part of the same historic Main Street District, said the Owner of the Lion Bridge Brewing Company Quinton McClain. I would love people sort of using the entire Main Street District and all of the arts and culture that's there to offer."

"What we're trying to do as a district is really just try to let people see that there are activities that cross the river, said the Exective Director of the NewBo City Market, Kristie Wetgen.

Right now, many say even though the communities are so close, theyre too far apart.

"We're a little bit more old fashioned I think and we do things on our own over here, said the Owner of PJs Czech Shop, Pam PJ Evens.

Local business owners say the problem is the bridge. They say their customers just dont want to cross the river.

"When Czech Village ends, it ends and there's nothing drawing you over the bridge into the NewBo District and vice versa, said the Owner of the Copper Alligator, Mia Suntken.

The Brewing Company says it hopes to at least play a role in making that drive across the bridge just a little shorter.

"It would probably happen without me, said McClain. I think the momentum is leading there and people would want to be here."

Helping businesses on the east and west.

"Oh, it would be fantastic. It would double the business on both sides if we could work with each other to bring the customers to both places, said the Owner of 3rd Street Resale Bob Jacoby.

McClain says they hope to have the Brewing Company open by February of next year, serving food alongside five of their locally brewed beers.
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